Investigator injured during Snead arrest

A narcotics investigator was taken to the hospital after attempting to arrest a man at Jack’s restaurant in Snead last week, according to Capt. Pat Thomas with the Blount County Sheriff’s Department.

The suspect, Shane Edward Smith, 34, of Snead, is in the Blount County Correctional Facility for 11 charges including second-degree assault, distribution of controlled substance, four counts of possession of controlled substance, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, and attempting to elude, according to Thomas. As of Tuesday, Smith was being held on a $305,000 bond.

On Wednesday, Feb. 5, at approximately 9 p.m., the investigator was attempting to arrest Smith for narcotics when other law enforcement dispatched an officer down distress call, Thomas said.

According to Blount County Sheriff Loyd Arrington, Smith was trying to elude the officer by driving away in a vehicle. While doing this, the officer made an effort to jump in and put the vehicle in park when Smith drove off with the officer hanging outside and drove the deputy into a parked vehicle.

The investigator, who suffered three broken ribs, was taken to St. Vincent’s Blount but was not admitted and was sent home after being treated, according to Thomas.

“When the call went out, everyone responded,” Arrington said.

Responding departments included – Snead Police, Marshall and Blount County Sheriff’s departments, and police departments from Blountsville, Altoona, Douglas, and Cleveland.

At one point, it was believed the officer had been shot.

“People on social media said the deputy had been shot,” Arrington said. “But, that was not the case, don’t believe everything you see on Facebook.”

All suspects are innocent until proven guilty.